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Poster: Purple Gel Date: May 6, 2007 2:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Blubbering Deadheads/ Folks who don't understand that their heroes are not infallible.

In my 18 years of seeing the Grateful Dead, with over 200 shows under my belt, I can't remember ever talking to any Heads who couldn't point out some shows that were not up to par and which they thought were bad shows. Any discerning fan recognizes that just because you love the band, does not mean that everything they did was perfect or even good. I get so sick of short sighted people who have blind faith and cannot admit the shortcomings of their heroes, religion, nation or anything else for that matter. The boys were. after all, human, and not infallible. They were also a "team" that , once in a while, did not mesh properly. While the band certainly does not owe us anything, by the same token, neither do we owe them anything. Yes, I was treated to some of the most beautiful and inspiring music and sounds I have ever heard,. I was also provided with some disorganized crap. This is the risk that is inherent in "jam" music, it doesn't always mesh and for it to work, every member has to be focused and firing on all cylinders. I don't think it is out of order to point out the times it didn't work. Most of us spent a lot of money and devoted a lot of time to this band. To call us fair weather fans because we are willing to speak our mind does not do a thinking fan justice.

Certainly I would not have missed the experience of being with my friends, or the party at any show I attended. Having said that, many of those shows are sloppily played, or played with no focus etc. and there were quite a few shows among the ones I saw that, musically, were inferior and downright bad. I am not now, nor was I then, afraid to call them out when I thought they deserved it. While I possess most shows I attended there are some which I will never download or listen to again. Seeing as you asked for examples I will list a few.... 8-31-79 and 4-15-86 come to mind immediately, and I would say that a full third of the shows I attended after '91 were pretty weak. If pressed i can come up with others.

This post was modified by Purple Gel on 2007-05-06 21:43:04

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Poster: Flakey Foont Date: May 6, 2007 2:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Blubbering Deadheads/ Folks who don't understand that their heroes are fallible.

Fair enough, I only saw them once in the 90's. Possibly the argument here is whether the scene was worthy of attendance or not. For example, if you didn’t have a ticket for a certain show and got stuck outside, was it worth it?

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: May 6, 2007 2:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Blubbering Deadheads/ Folks who don't understand that their heroes are fallible.

i was fortunate enough to get into every show I went to, including a handful i didn't have tickets to. I would say that, after having travelled hundreds of miles, spent hundreds of dollars, and focusing on getting into the show, anytime you were left out would have been a disappointment.

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Poster: Flakey Foont Date: May 6, 2007 2:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Blubbering Deadheads/ Folks who don't understand that their heroes are fallible.

I would disagree, some of the shows I didn't get in to were better than some I got in to